About Lincoln, Nebraska
Lincoln is the capital city of the U.S. state of Nebraska and the county seat of Lancaster County. The city covers 99.050 square miles (256.538 km) with a population of 292,657 in 2021. It is the second-most populated city in Nebraska and the 73rd largest in the United States. The city is the economic, cultural and financial anchor of a larger metropolitan area in the southeastern corner of the state known as the Lincoln Metropolitan and Lincoln Beatrice Combined Statistical Areas. This statistical area is home 361,921 people and ranks 104th in the United States for combined statistical areas.
The city was founded in 1856 as the village of Lancaster on the wild salt marshes and arroyos of what was to become Lancaster County. Renamed after President Abraham Lincoln, it became Nebraska’s state capital in 1869. The Bertram G. Goodhue-designed state Capitol building is the second-tallest capitol in the United States. It was completed in 1932. As the city is the seat of government for the state of Nebraska, the state and the United States government are major employers. In Lincoln, the University of Nebraska was established in 1869. With 26,079 students, the university is the largest in Nebraska and the third-largest employer in the city. Other major employers are in the service and manufacturing sectors, with a growing high tech sector. This region is part of the larger Midwest Silicon Prairie.Source
Lancaster County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. The population of Lincoln County was 322,608 at the 2020 United States Census. This makes it the second-most populous Nebraska county. Lincoln, the capital of Nebraska, is the county seat. The county was created in 1859.